The Cornish Arms

Classic British fare at Rick Stein and Jill Stein’s pub

When it was announced that Rick and Jill Stein were taking over The Cornish Arms in St. Merryn, the locals made it clear they weren’t interested in having a gastropub in their village. The team of chefs and welcoming staff have done much to dispel such fears, and now, as a testament to its popularity, the pub is open and well frequented for lunch and supper seven days a week throughout the year.

The views from the pub are spectacular – the 15th century church of St. Merryn on one side, beautiful rolling countryside on the other – and the team behind the pub has done much to take advantage of this. A new extension which blends seamlessly with the original part of the building is light and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows, while outside the large beer garden gives diners the opportunity to appreciate their surroundings.

The food remains determinedly classic British pub fare, maintaining, of course, an unmistakeable Steinesque quality. Ploughman’s lunch, Sunday roasts, scampi in a basket, and ham, egg and chips sit comfortably alongside piri piri prawns and whole roasted sea bass with fennel mayonnaise. Children are made very welcome, and their separate menu includes a good selection ensuring that they’re as happy with their food as the adults.

Despite all the refinements – the aubergine velvet banquettes, cool, Scandinavian-style wood burners, a second-hand book exchange, free Wi-Fi – The Cornish Arms retains a cosy, pubby atmosphere with communal drinking tables around which diners can gather while they wait for their table. It’s not possible to book, but there are a large number of tables inside and out.

Sample menu

Starter

Mussels with bread and butter, £7.50

Main

6oz beef burger served medium with cheese, chipotle relish and chips, £10.95

Pud

Apple and almond sponge served with custard or ice cream, £4.95

Insider’s tips

Don’t miss the pub’s annual Beer and Mussel Festival in March. It’s a weekend of freshly cooked mussels, Cornish and British beers, live music, comedy and entertainment for children. The pub serves some of St Austell Brewery’s best ales like Tribute, Trelawney and Proper Job and a great selection of wines are available by the bottle and glass.

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Churchtown, St Merryn, Cornwall, PL28 8ND

01841 532700

Opening hours

Pub open everyday 11.30am-11pm. Food served everyday. Lunch from 12pm-3pm. Dinner from 5.30pm – 9pm

Chef: Alex Clark

Owners: Rick Stein and Jill Stein

  • Kids welcome
  • Dogs welcome
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Outside catering
  • Parking available
  • Gluten free options
  • Beer garden
  • Exclusive use

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